“This is a delicious Turkish dish that was created for American palates close to the military base. The recipe for tava does not have to be exact, you can add more or less of your ingredients to taste. The secret ingredient for the Turkish taste is the red peppers. Serve over rice.”


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 (12 ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice

1 (6 ounce) jar mushrooms, drained

1 onion, diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium casserole dish.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken until juices run clear.

Puree the roasted red peppers in a blender or food processor until smooth. In the prepared casserole dish, mix the cooked chicken, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and bubbly.